The mass exodus of millions of African Americans from the rural south to large urban areas across the United States was nothing more than great. During this Great Migration, almost half of the black adults in North Carolina left the state, most of them settling in and around New York. Now, who left are steadily returning home to North Carolina to retire in a Great “Reverse” Migration.
Nearly six million African Americans left the South between 1910 and 1970. Before 1950 – three out of four African Americans born in North Carolina stayed in North Carolina. Those numbers would steadily decline.
By 1970, almost half of North Carolina-born black adults lived outside of the state, reflecting the impact of the Great Migration. New York was by far the leading destination for North Carolina blacks with some 104,000 people settling there. (New America Media)